Jesus, Lord of Life Eternal (Charles H. Giffen)

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  • (Posted 2014-03-19)  CPDL #31518:       
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2014-03-19).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 126 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC SA
Edition notes: Three scores, one for each harmonization, plus a melody & descant only score and a melody only score. The sound file plays the first harmonization twice (once organ alone then with full organ and voices), the second harmonization (with organ and voices), then the final, festive harmonization twice (first with full organ and voices, no descant, then with full organ, voices, and descant). Revised version uploaded 2014-04-13. Copyright by the composer, CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

General Information

Title: Jesus, Lord of Life Eternal
Composer: Charles H. Giffen
Lyricist: John Mason Neale

Number of voices: 4 + 1vv   Voicing: SATB, with S Descant
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 87. 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published:
Description: Hymn tune Beaudry (87. 87. 87) by the composer. Harmonized three different ways, two of which are "standard" (and differ only in minor details) and the third of which is in a more festive style with an optional soprano descant. The text is a translation by John Mason Neale, from the Greek, of Ode IV from Canon for Ascension Day by Joseph of the Studium; hence, it is particularly appropriate for Ascension.

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Original text and translations

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Jesus, Lord of Life Eternal
Taking those He loved the best,
Stood upon the Mount of Olives,
And His Own the last time blest:
Then, though He had never left it,
Sought again his Father’s breast.

Knit is now our flesh to Godhead,
Knit in everlasting bands:
Call the world to highest festal:
Floods and oceans, clap your hands:
Angels, raise the song of triumph!
Make response, ye distant lands!

Loosing Death with all its terrors
Thou ascended’st up on high;
And to mortals, now Immortal,
Gavest Immortality:
As Thine own Disciples saw Thee
Mounting victor to the sky.

Laud and honor to the Father,
Laud and honor to the Son,
Laud and honor to the Spirit,
Ever Three and Ever One
Consubstantial, coeternal,
While unending ages run.